After Hours Coding Bootcamp Now Offered At Innovation Depot

By Claire Flowers - -
After Hours Coding Bootcamp Now Offered At Innovation Depot

Birmingham Coding Bootcamp Announces Professional After Hours Program and Expanded Curriculums

Covalence, a software developer bootcamp and Innovation Depot program, announces the expansion of its course offerings. These offerings feature expanded curriculum, paired with schedules that are more convenient for working professionals. The new courses include a 16 week after hours Front End Engineering course and a full time 10-week Full Stack Development course. Both classes begin September 6, 2016 and take place at Innovation Depot. No experience is required to qualify for the class and the application deadline for both courses is August 12, 2016.

In its first year, Covalence successfully trained and graduated 35 individuals from its Front End Engineering program that prepared students to enter the workforce as entry level website developers. The expansion of its programming is a result of careful consideration of workforce demands in collaboration with large corporations in Birmingham. Graduates of Covalence have gone on to work for large companies including BBVA Compass (official hiring partner of Covalence), Bank of America, UPS, Lewis Communications, Cayenne Creative, Platypi, Zeekee Interactive, and Everis; with a reported earnings average salary increase of 43 percent.

“Innovation Depot is incredibly excited about the growth of Covalence and its potential for growing the technology workforce in our region,” said Devon Laney, CEO of Innovation Depot. “Over 100 companies are currently housed at Innovation Depot, and the need for a workforce with technology skills is critical to the long-term success of those companies and our region as a whole. The support of Innovation Depot and this new program by the business community speaks volumes about the direction of Birmingham’s tech ecosystem and the commitment to continuing its growth.”

Students from diverse backgrounds have had great success with the Covalence course. “I expanded my education immensely and completely switched careers within a matter of weeks at a fraction of what it would have cost at other bootcamps, and I couldn't have done that without Covalence,” said Jackson Carr, UAB Alumni, Covalence Graduate and Front End Engineer at BBVA Compass.

In an effort to offer a more convenient schedule for those who don’t want to sacrifice their day jobs but would like to increase their skills in programming, Covalence will offer an after hours Front End Engineering class that is 16 weeks long and takes place M-T-TR from 6-9pm and select Saturdays from 10 - 2pm. The cost of the course is $8,000 - an average 48 percent less than comparable programs across the country. Ideal candidates for the Front End Engineering course are graphic designers, help desk support technicians, project managers, product managers, entrepreneurs, and recent graduates of computer science programs.

The newest addition to the Covalence course catalogue is a full time 10 week Full Stack Development course which focuses on complex web applications and backend data systems. The Full Stack course focuses on creating end-to-end web applications. Students will learn the basics of front end development, create their own custom application programing interfaces (APIs), and connect to backend SQL and NoSQL databases. The class takes place September 6 2016 at Innovation Depot M-F from 9am-5pm.

Covalence is endorsed by the UAB Collat School of Business and is able to offer a low tuition cost compared to the national average due to corporate sponsors. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is the presenting sponsor of Covalence and continues to support the program.

"The Birmingham region, like many other communities across the country, has difficulty keeping pace with the demand for tech-based jobs. Covalence is a creative way for Birmingham to meet this demand by developing local talent. With the addition of these new courses, we will attract people already in the workforce that have a desire to pursue a career in technology," said Scott McGlaun, Innovation Depot Board Member and SVP/CIO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama,” said Scott McGlaun, Innovation Depot Board Member and SVP/CIO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

Other sponsors of the program include BBVA Compass, Alabama Power, Platypi, Tech Birmingham, Autotec, Protective Life, and Fetch.

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Covalence is a coding bootcamp that trains beginner developers to be website developers and software engineers. Founded by Innovation Depot and Platypi, the program is the first of its kind in Alabama and equips students with the skills necessary to expand their careers technology.

Innovation Depot is the entrepreneurial epicenter of Birmingham, Alabama and focused on the development and growth of emerging technology companies in the healthcare, information technology, and financial services/fintech sectors. Innovation Depot gives entrepreneurs a competitive advantage in attracting customers, talent, mentors, press, and funding to grow their businesses. In 2015, Innovation Depot housed and supported the growth of 104 early-stage companies employing 809 people and generating $161M in gross sales. Over the last five years, the total economic impact of Innovation Depot on the Birmingham region was almost $1.4 Billion. Innovation Depot operates in partnership with the University of Alabama at Birmingham.